Peter’s walk assembled in Graffham recreation ground car park, we were delighted to find Linda’s walk also assembling, after a brief catch up we moved off in opposite directions. We headed to East Lavington passing through stunning Bluebell and Beech woods, stopping for coffee break in dappled shade, then through Lavington Plantation before heading back to the car park, then for our first walking group lunch in the Royal Oak gardens, a very enjoyable spring walk.
Romantic bluebell woods
We were here, there and everywhere
Lovely avenue of beech
Clean looking sign
Interesting door, Aztec perhaps?
John said .... ?
Look at my spots!
Gorgeous view to Graffham Down
Isabel's report. We met our regulars and two guests, Debbie and Rob, at the car park at West Stoke and walked up the track to the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve. We then walked along the foot of the downs and stopped to watch three hares playing at the top of the hill and then a little further on we paused again to take in the view looking towards Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. We continued with a short stretch along the road towards Funtington before turning off through the pig farm. On reaching the next road, we had our coffee break sitting on logs, just right for social distancing! A detour round the bluebell woods was next on the agenda and the bluebells really were at their best. We returned to the car park to find a man in a van serving coffee, so some of us enjoyed refreshments before going home.
Ready to go!
The Spinnaker Tower was seen by those with good eyesight
Ah, now we know what we're looking at!
Cedar of Lebanon tree
Quickly through the pig farm
Yet more refreshments
The focus of this particular walk today
Everyone's a photographer today!
Beautiful walk almost finished.
Linda's walk started in Graffham recreation field car park and by great good fortune it happened to be where Peter had decided to start his walk. It was good to meet up with old friends before going our separate directions.
We headed for Seaford College, then walked through the grounds before climbing into the woods at the base of Graffham Down. We headed west before descending into Graffham village with its lovely buildings. Taking a diversion we walked through Tagents, Woodcote and Marsh Farms before heading back to the car park. Some opted for a coffee in the local shop, which was very pleasant.
Seaford college approaches
I'm OK with orange socks but not at all happy with yellow ears, said the horse.
Walking through the college
Where do we go now?
Tillington Church from Graffham Down
Petworth House - about 5 miles away beyond the polythene sea.
St Giles Church, Graffham
Just down the road, slightly larger than a bus shelter, is Graffham Congregational Church, no longer in use.
This deer didn't quite know which way to go, but escaped our company eventually.
About 5 miles.